Andorra (span.), Portugal, Spain.
The catalog is organized according to collection areas. Cataloging within these sections is chronological, based on issue date. Special stamp types, like official stamps, are located at the end of a collection area section. In order to assist collectors organize their stamps, numerous illustrations are provided, as well as information on similar stamps to help avoid possible mix-ups.
|Publishers as well as philatelists are well aware of the enormous importance of paper. This new edition of the Europe title 2022 Iberian Peninsula will not be published at the beginning of the month but rather at the end of the month because printing plants have faced great challenges due to a paper shortage.
Fittingly, last year’s philatelic research about Portuguese stamps also aimed its focus on paper, that important commodity – in this case of course not on its availability but rather on the types of paper that vary notably in classic Portuguese issues.
Current research findings about the Ceres postage stamp series from 1917 to 1930 have also led to a comprehensive revision of paper varieties and a new discovery: There is now a record of MiNo. 204 C on cardboard paper as well and it can be found under 204 C z in the current edition.
Illustration: Portugal MiNo. 204
Stamp collectors specialized in issues of the Iberian Peninsula countries, experts, dealers, thematic collectors, study groups, teachers
107th Edition, in colour
155 mm x 230 mm, hardcover
On sale: 29 April 2022
Michel Catalog Iberische Halbinsel 2022 (E4) is the fourth volume in our Europe series, which consists of sixteen titles. It contains the popular collection areas Spain and Portugal as well as the issues of the Spanish Postal System in Andorra.
It offers friends of classic philately a vast collection area with the issues of the 19th and early 20th centuries. These countries are also a true treasure chest for collectors of motifs. Practically all popular themes and motifs are generously represented. Yet stamps are no longer rectangular pieces of paper used to pay a service in advance. For several years the postal administrations have been breathing new life into philately by introducing fancy formats, unusual printing methods and new materials.
The editorial improvements cover the whole edition. Latest research studies have revealed the numbers of issues of more than 280 Portuguese stamps issued between the years of 1895 and 1930. The fact that King Carlos postage stamps were issued in stamp booklets has also been established for 15 stamps now. The paper varieties of the Ceres postage stamps (1917–1930) were revised, and newly discovered variations have received catalogue status.
The revision and updating of price quotations was one point the Editorial Team focused on. We updated tariff-coded stamps in all collection areas. Specially in regards to Spanish issues this covers a time span between 2003 and today. This particularly concerns the sets of eight stamps periodically issued by the Spanish Postal System.
This edition features all novel issues introduced by MICHEL Rundschau up to and including No. 3/2022. A subscription to this journal as of No. 4/2022 or MICHEL Online will keep you updated. Besides cataloguing all novelties, MICHEL Rundschau provides information about anything of importance in the field of philately.
The Editorial Team wants to thank every collector, examiner and dealer who has contributed to the successful making of this reference book by providing advice or practical support.
We wish all of our readers enjoyable and relaxing hours spent with their own collections and the new Michel Catalog Iberische Halbinsel 2022 (E4).
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Andorra, Portugal, Spain
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